Misleading Product Roundup IV: Don’t Be Fooled

It’s time for another “Misleading Product Roundup” recapping the food items I’ve shared with you on Facebook. I can’t stress enough how important it is to read the ingredients before buying any packaged food. It can feel tedious at first, but as you read through these examples below I think you’ll agree it’s a necessary evil! For more posts like this, be sure to check out Misleading Product Roundup III, and III.

Teriyaki Marinade

Teriyaki Marinade: Misleading Product Roundup IV on 100 Days of #RealFood

I used to love this stuff, but then I read the back to see what they really put in it. High fructose corn syrup is the 2nd ingredient on the list! Not to mention the other questionable additives I do not cook with at home (sodium benzoate anyone?).

Real Food Alternative: How about mixing a few things together at home to make your own teriyaki marinade instead?
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My Go-To Whole Foods Shopping List (Part 1)

This post is by blog team member, Kiran. Check out our team page to learn more about her!

If you’ve read some of my past posts, you may already know I actually love grocery shopping. I know, I know. Some may think it’s strange, but as long as I have a plan and know what I need, I really enjoy it. My kids do, too, but perhaps that’s because of the snacks they get along the way.

I wrote a post last year about saving money at one of my favorite stores: Whole Foods Market. And in case you haven’t read that one, let me reiterate. I love Whole Foods Market. In a weird way. Bear with me, ya’ll; I promise I’m not too wacko. Let me also state that this post is in no way sponsored (i.e., paid for) by Whole Foods Market.

So here’s the deal with the store. You walk in and are immediately entranced with the environment. Colorful produce is so prettily displayed, and aisles and aisles of products are begging for a second glance. One could get lost in thought and walk out with grocery carts full. But alas, I don’t want you to give away your whole paycheck, as the saying goes, so I created a list of some do’s and don’ts and some of my personal faves in this Whole Foods shopping list. There’s even a printable version at the end of this post if you want to take it with you.

My Go-To Whole Foods Shopping List For Real Food Part 1 on 100 Days of #RealFood
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Real Food Tips: 6 Ways to Transform Breakfast in the New Year

When it comes to cutting out processed food, please don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by trying to change everything all at once. Even baby steps in the right direction count for something! Some of the best advice I can give you is to start with just one meal of the day – like breakfast – and once breakfast is all cleaned up then you can move on to another meal like lunch or snacks. And as with any aspect of this lifestyle, the most important thing you can do is plan ahead. So today I’m going to share some ideas to help you do just that.

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Real Food Tips: 10 (More) Recipes to Freeze for School Lunches

How about starting fresh in the new year with wholesome packed lunches for your little ones? My #1 trick for packing real food school lunches – even on those nights when I am feeling tired and uninspired – is making lunch items in advance and freezing them. I would seriously never survive this chore otherwise. And let’s not forget the importance of starting to pack lunches (or at least having a plan) the day/night before school. Planning ahead is key when it comes to cutting out processed food!

So, since you guys liked my first post on this topic so much, here I am again with a new and updated list of items to make and freeze for school lunches! Be sure to check out the original post for info on how exactly to freeze and defrost soups, muffins, etc.

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Top Recipes and Posts of 2014

It was a record year on the blog with over 45 million page views in total – WOW! I love to see so many people taking an interest in kicking highly processed food to the curb. So, in case you’re wondering, the list below summarizes what recipes and posts our readers were most interested in this year.

Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comments on what you’d like to see more of (or less of – no offense taken) in 2015. Would you like to continue seeing new simple recipes? Or are you anxious for more complex ones? Are you in need of more resources and guidance (or maybe the CliffsNotes version of some of what I’ve shared so far) when it comes to living a real food lifestyle? I am here for you and would love to bring you more of what you want and need in the New Year, so please share your thoughts with me below! :)

Top 5 Recipes of 2014

1. The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

Top Recipes and Posts of 2014 (The Best Pulled Pork in a #CrockPot) on 100 Days of #RealFood

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Cut Out Processed Food in 14 Weeks

I’m excited to announce something I’ve never done before, and I think you’re gonna love it! I’ve created a free automated “100 Days of Real Food” Mini-Pledge Program that – starting in January – will email you a new challenge every single week until you (and your family) have completely cut out processed food. Now these are “mini” pledges because each email will present you with a completely doable and realistic challenge to change just one aspect of your diet the following week. Plus, all the resources you’ll need to succeed will be included and, let’s not forget, each mini-pledge only lasts a mere 7 days. Anyone can try something new for a week, right? :)

1/15/15 update: This program was closed to new participants on January 15th, 2015 (until next year). However, you can still access the basic info on my 100 Days of Mini-Pledges page, which is what this program was based on. You may also subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified when we open the program again.

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